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Guernsey Gold Coins

Brief Guernsey History
Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands. It is the only part of the Duchy of Normandy which belongs to the British Crown, having been a British possession since the Norman conquest in 1066. The Channel Islands, for those who do not know are in the English Channel (La Manche), and are much closer to France than to England. Guernsey was occupied by German troops from 30th June 1940, to 9th May 1945. Guernsey has an area of 30 square miles and a population of 61,000. The French spelling of Guernsey is Guernesey, and it is spelt this way on most older coins.

We are bound to get asked "What is a bailiwick?". A bailiwick is the district within which a bailiff has jurisdiction. It comes from the words baillie meaning bailiff, and wic meaning village.

Guernsey's First Coins
Guernsey started issuing its own coins in 1830, so it has quite a numismatic history, although it only issued its first gold coins in 1981. We occasionally have in stock a few Guernsey coins. The mintage figures tend to be quite low.

Guernsey Gold Coins
In the short time for which Guernsey had been issuing gold coins, it has made a wide variety of denominations. First in 1981 was a pound coin, similar in dimensions to a British sovereign. The £2 coin of 1997 is the gold version of the two pound issued in cupro-nickel and also in a silver proof version, and is therefore a large heavy coin, much larger than the higher value denominations which we will now describe. A five pound was issued in 1995 with a weight of 7.81 grams, and a twenty five pounds was issued in 1994 with the same weight. Ten pounds, fifty pounds and hundred pounds were also in 1994 using a weight standard proportional to the £25 coin. Other high denomination gold coins have also been issued since 1994 with using this same weight standard. All these gold coin issues have been proofs.
We also have a page for Guernsey Proof Sets, and another for Guernsey Queen Mother issues.

Guernsey Gold Doubles
The States of Guernsey authorised the issue of gold doubles. These take their design from Guernsey's earliest coinage, but are in the form of a gold bullion coin or medallion.

Technical Specifications
DenominationDiameterWeightFinenessGold Content
Fifty Pence27.3015.5000.9166.4568
Two Pounds38.6147.5400.91661.4012
Five Pounds 1995227.8100.9990.2508
Five Pounds 199938.6147.5400.91661.4012
Five Pounds 2000/1/238.6139.9400.91661.1771
Five Pounds Piedfort 200238.6179.8800.91662.3542
Five Pounds QM Miniature13.921.29250.9990.04
Ten Pounds16.503.1300.9990.1005
Ten Pounds 2005 65.00155.58.9995.0
Twenty Five Pounds (1994 - 1999)22.007.8100.9990.2509
Twenty Five Pounds (2000 - 2001)22.007.8100.9990.2509
Fifty Pounds26.5015.6100.9990.5014
Hundred Pounds32.5031.2100.9991.0025
One Double 22 Carat 19.00 4.0000 .916 1.0025
One Double - 1/10oz 19.00 3.2300 .999 0.1000
One Double - 1/4 oz 19.00 7.9100 .999 0.2500
Eight Double 30.00 31.1400 .999 1.0000

Denomination = Face Value
Diameter = Approximate Diameter in millimetres.
Weight = Weight in grams.
Alloy = Fineness of gold.
AGW = Actual fine gold weight in troy ounces.

1981One PoundFirst One Pound CoinProof4,500
1995Twenty Five PoundsQueen Mother's 95th BirthdayProof2,500
1996Twenty Five PoundsQueen's 70th BirthdayProof2,500
1997Twenty Five PoundsQueen's Golden WeddingProof5,000
1998Twenty Five Pounds80th Anniversary of the RAFProof2,500
1998Fifty PoundsQueen Elizabeth The Queen MotherProof1,250
1999Twenty Five PoundsRoyal Wedding Prince Edward & Miss Sophie Rhys-JonesProof5,000
1999Five PoundsSir Winston Churchill 125th Anniversary BirthProof125
1999Five Pounds Guernsey & Alderney Gold Proof Churchill Five Pound Set Proof125
1999Five PoundsQueen Mother MiniatureProof20,000
1999Fifty PoundsQueen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Proof1,250
2000Fifty PenceBattle of Britain 60th AnniversaryProof1,500
2000Twenty Five PoundsQueen Mother CentenaryProof5,000
2000Five PoundsQueen Mother MiniatureProof20,000
2000Five PoundsCentury of the MonarchyProof200
2001Five PoundsCentury of the Monarchy - 19th CenturyProof200
2001Twenty Five Pounds1837 - 1901 Victorian CentenaryProof2,500
2001Twenty Five PoundsQueen Elizabeth II's 75th BirthdayProof5,000
2002 Princess of Wales - The Work ContinuesProof 
2002Five PoundsCentury of the Monarchy - 18th CenturyProof200
2002Five PoundsDuke of WellingtonProof200
2002Five PoundsGolden Jubilee PiedfortProof100
2002Twenty Five PoundsQueen Mother MemorialProof2,500
2002Twenty Five PoundsAlderney & Guernsey Golden Jubilee Two Coin Set Proof1,000
20021 DoubleBullionUnc 
2002/03Twenty Five PoundsGolden Jubilee & Trooping the ColourProof5,000
20031 DoubleBullionUnc 
2003Five PoundsThe 17th Century of the MonarchyProof200
2003Five PoundsPrince WilliamProof250
2003Twenty Five PoundsThe Trooping The ColourProof5,000
2004Five Pounds60th Anniversary of D-DayProof500
2005Ten PoundsTrafalgar BicentenaryProof50
2005Ten PoundsEnd World War II 60th AnniversaryProof60
20091 DoubleBullionUnc 

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EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10 per order
USA Insured Shipping $20 per order

Guernsey Proof Gold Coin Sets

See Also - Guernsey Gold Doubles

Other Guernsey Coins
For Guernsey coins in silver or base metal, or Guernsey coin sets other than gold, please look at the Guernsey Coins page of our original website.

Coins Wanted
We make an active market in almost all world coins, gold or otherwise, including Guernsey gold coins, whether listed on this page or not. If you have any of these coins to sell, please contact us, or post them to us for appraisal and offer.

Obverse of 1981 Guernsey £1 Gold Proof Coin
Obverse of 1981 Guernsey £1 Gold Proof Coin

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Queen Mother on Reverse of 1998 Guernsey £50 Gold Proof Coin
Queen Mother on Reverse of 1998 Guernsey £50 Gold Proof Coin

2000 Guernsey Centenary of the Monarchy Gold Proof £5 Coin

Reverse of 2001 Guernsey Queen Victoria Gold Proof £25 Coin

1997 Guernsey Royal Golden Wedding Gold Proof £25 Coin

Obverse of 2003 Guernsey Prince William Gold Proof £5 Coin

Reverse of 2001 Guernsey Victorian Centenary Gold Proof £5 Coin

Reverse of 2003 Guernsey Prince William Gold Proof £5 Coin


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